Storm Lake Pilot Tribune | 10/18/16
Weaver: college affordability should be top issue
Democratic candidate for Congress Kim Weaver said that she was struck by a keynote speech from Texas Representative Joaquin Castro Friday night at the Iowa Democratic Party Annual Gala.
“Representative Castro spoke about his childhood, growing up on the west side of San Antonio with a single mother, a community activist working to improve the lives of the poor and oppressed. He spoke of himself and other children getting beaten in school for speaking Spanish. He persevered, though. He studied hard, and through Pell grants and scholarships, was able to attend Stanford,” she said.
“For me, there was a ring of familiarity to this story,” she said, noting that as a single mother, she raised an eldest son who also received Pell grants and scholarships, and as a result, was able to attend MIT.